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05 February 2008
The City of Cardiff celebrates 25 years of links with its Chinese twin city, Xiamen this year.
Building on established links between Cardiff University and Xiamen University, an agreement was signed last year with the support of Cardiff Council, to create a new scholarship scheme for promising Chinese students.
The collaboration between the Council and the University enable two postgraduate students from Xiamen to study at Cardiff. One student will be sponsored by each organisation, each receiving a scholarship worth £2,000.
Under the scheme, the first bursary students have arrived in Cardiff. Situ Yi, the University-sponsored student, is studying for an MA at the School of Journalism, Media and Communication Studies. Xu Shuting, who is supported by Cardiff Council, is studying for an MSc in Regeneration at the School of City and Regional Planning.
Director of the University’s International Development Division, Sandra Elliott, said: "There are a number of aims in establishing these scholarships, including raising the University’s profile in China and enhancing relationships with Xiamen and Cardiff Council. More importantly, we hope to identify students with the potential to rise to senior professional positions in China and to help their talents to flourish."
The Council is focussing on students undertaking courses in economics/business, city and regional planning and regeneration.
Councillor Mark Stephens, Executive Member for Economic Development and Finance at Cardiff Council, said: "The students will not only gain internationally recognised professional qualifications but also serve as Cardiff ambassadors on their return to China. In the light of increasing trade/investment links with China the Council is keen to ensure that a range of opportunities for joint working are taken forward."
The scheme is another of the ways in which the University is building on its existing strong links with China. Yesterday saw the launch of the Cardiff Confucius Institute at the Centre for Lifelong Learning. The Institute will teach Chinese language and culture to businesses, public sector organisations and individuals interested in knowing more about China and building relations there.
The Chinese Students and Scholars Association of Cardiff University (CSSA-Cardiff) has also held a gala celebration of the 2008 Chinese New Year. The event started at 20.08 pm as a sign of the year 2008 and the official day when the Beijing Olympic Games begin in summer this year (August 8). Performances included Kong Fu, traditional dancing and singing, calligraphy and pipa (a traditional Chinese instrument). The event also raised funds for victims of the snow disaster in Hunan province and the Cardiff Chinese School, a private-run local Sunday school aiming to teach the Chinese language to the Cardiff community.
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